Incredulous footy followers have blasted Thursday night time’s conflict between the struggling Wests Tigers and Gold Coast Titans as one among the worst video games in the historical past of the competitors.
The match was on target to be the first tryless outcome in NRL historical past earlier than a horror West Tigers blunder in their in-goal – the staff’s thirteenth error of the night time – allowed the Titans to return from behind and file an 8-6 victory.
The Titans have fun AJ Brimson’s last-gasp attempt that got here off a Wests Tigers error. It cruelly robbed the Tigers of their first win of 2022 in what was an extremely boring contest
The final tryless skilled rugby league match in Australia got here in 1993, when North Sydney beat the Illawarra Steelers 7-2 and St George 9-2.
The Queensland Maroons additionally received game one among the 1995 sequence 2-0 in a match the place neither staff bought the ball throughout the line.
In excellent situations for rugby league on a pristine area, each side traded penalty targets and the Tigers appeared primed for his or her first win of the season at 6-2 till catastrophe struck.
Even the Blue Wiggle himself Anthony Field might sense what was coming subsequent.
‘It could be a merciless game,’ Tigers coach Michael Maguire mustered in the aftermath.
However, whoever is working the Titans Twitter account was fairly satisfied at what performed out.
Some Wests followers did not see the humour, although.
‘Bit of credit score and humility wouldn’t go a stray… a membership on there knees… how about ‘powerful game’ – Tigers saved us trustworthy?’ Something alongside these strains. Just one other kick in the guys. Cheers,’ one disgruntled fan posted in response.
‘Congratulations for profitable the worse game of footy I’ve seen in my life. No approach you’ll be able to have fun that crap,’ posted one other.
Blue Wiggle Field was there to supply emotional help for heartbroken former Tigers enforcer Keith Galloway.
There, there. Formers Wests Tigers ahead Keith Galloway was heartbroken by the loss however fortunately The Wiggles’ Anthony Field lent him a shoulder to cry on
Shockingly, this is not the first time the Tigers have lost a low-quality match in this style.
In 2015, Wests got here up towards their 2005 NRL grand ultimate rivals the North Queensland Cowboys at Campbelltown Stadium. The match was performed in the coronary heart of the State of Origin interval, which meant the likes of Johnathan Thurston and Robbie Farah had been nowhere to be seen.
Terrible climate compounded the matter, however nonetheless 8000 diehard Tigers followers turned out hoping for an essential NRL win.
History repeats? Antonio Winterstein of the Cowboys broke Tigers hearts in the same style in a horrible conflict between Wests and North Queensland again in 2015
It was a surprising match, with an Ethan Lowe penalty objective in the twenty ninth minute the solely factors for the majority of the contest.
It appeared destined to be a no-try victory till Antonio Winterstein lastly put the Tigers to sleep with a 77th minute attempt to the Cowboys took away the most forgettable 8-0 win since their inception in 1995.
Flashback to 2006 and a conflict between St George Illawarra and the Parramatta Eels additionally appeared destined to be a no-try stalemate. Again, climate performed its half in this match with sleet blanketing Kogarah Oval at instances.
The two sides traded area targets with Ben Hornby placing the Dragons forward 2-1 in the 79th minute, earlier than Origin and Kangaroos centre Matt Cooper lastly crashed over in the eightieth minute to provide the Dragons an 8-1 win.
James Tamou tries to interrupt the Titans’ defensive position. Many of the followers who tuned in to the match wished they hadn’t bothered
Former Tigers skipper and NRL premiership winner James Tamou urged supporters to maintain the religion.
‘There’s 22 rounds to go,’ he stated.
‘For us to maintain going we have to comply with that path. We cannot let it go.
‘The footy gods, they reward effort. The boys put a whole lot of effort out there [on Thursday] and I’m happy with them.’
Tamou additionally rallied round his under-siege coach.
‘If Madge might, mate, he’d strap up and he’d get out there with you,’ Tamou stated.
‘Around every part that he talks about, you’ll be able to simply really feel the ardour and also you wish to play for him as a result of you’ll be able to really feel it.
‘He will get you up, mate, he actually does.’
NRL legend Andrew Johns additionally backed Maguire and stated sacking the coach was not the answer.
‘Well then you might be simply wall-papering over the cracks,’ Johns stated on Channel Nine’s Thursday Night Knock Off.
‘A brand new coach comes in, there is likely to be a response the first couple of weeks, however then the issues are nonetheless there.
‘The resolution is the mannequin which Penrith did six or seven years in the past – introduced in all their native juniors, recognized their juniors, coached the hell out of them a sure approach, all of them got here by collectively, and it means one thing to them.
‘They come by from the age of 14 or 15 and it means one thing to them.
‘At the second, I do not see an id or a DNA to the Tigers.’